A former racer, Petersen has commuted by bike every day since 1980 – wow! Grant Petersen is the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works, a brand known for its lugged steel frames, throwback designs, and emphasis on comfort and functionality in lieu of the light weight and technological advances espoused by race bike firms. Bicycling Magazine once dubbed him the “Retro-Grouch,” a term that has since been used both pejoratively and in admiration to describe him.
From the Rivendell Bike website description: Just Ride is a collection of eighty-nine micro-essays ranging on topics dealing with riding, dressing, safety, health and fitness, accessories, upkeep, technicalities, and velosophy. The book is written for the Unracer—the rider looking for a reason to shuck the click-in pedals and uncomfortable bikes and grueling rides, without feeling like it’s throwing in the towel. It’s about riding your bike outside the strange and often dysfunctional influences of racing and having a better time on the bike because of it.
This is both a funny and also an instructive book. Petersen definitely has his viewpoint and, while I don't agree with everything, he makes some valid points. I lie somewhere between his retro-grouchiness and the weight-weenie approach to cycling. There are times for the laid-back, cruising or utilitarian bike, but I also love taking out my (relatively) lightweight Look - the bike makes me a better and faster ride than I otherwise would be. Definitely a great addition to your cycling bookshelf!
About the Author: Grant Petersen is the founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works and writes the Rivendell Reader. His writing and opinions have been featured in major bike and outdoor magazines, including Bicycling, Outside, and Men’s Journal. He’s commuted exclusively by bike since 1980, and lives with his family in Walnut Creek, California.
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